Jewish community on Duterte`s apology: He was sincere, the apology came from his heart
After President Rodrigo Duterte gave his speech and apologizes to the Jewish Community on Tuesday, October 4 at the Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year celebration at the Beit Yaacov Synagogue in Makati, Rappler interviewed members of the Jewish Community.
President of the Jewish Association of the Philippines, Paul Rosenberg said that President Duterte's apology was sincere.
"I think it was quite clear that I think it was sincere," Rosenberg said.
Moshe Alkobi, the person who leads Jewish prayers, said that he also believed in Duterte's apology.
"[The apology] looked like it came from his heart. You don't need a speech, so it was talking emotionally and it touched my heart. I believed it 100%," he said.
"Because he did not mean to say something bad and we believe in our friendship so I believe it was enough," Alkobi added.
Itamar Gero, an Israeli Jewish and a member of the Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, thinks Duterte's remarks about Hitler may have been due to over or fatigue.
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"I think to begin with he didn't mean to offend. I think you know, you can just imagine the schedule of the President, flying around, conferences, different countries and then people are just asking you questions you have to answer, you're not always at the top of your thoughts," said Gero.
He said that he found Duterte's apology "heartfelt."
"Honestly, I didn't feel like he was really after the Jews. Obviously, the guy is not a racist, I never heard of that sort before so there's really no reason for him to start with the Jews," Gero added.
Jewish community on Duterte`s apology: He was sincere, the apology came from his heart Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on October 05, 2016 Rating: